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by Grace Sydney July 31, 2018

The dogs days of summer have arrived...and so has PawZaar's August calendar! Here's a look at some of the annual events and fun Fido-and feline-friendly facts associated with the month of August.

August 1

Today is DOGust First, a universal birthday for shelter dogs!

Happy birthday to Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles! The five-time MLB All-Star was one of the first professional athletes to step up to the plate for dogs and cats in need by stepping in front of photographer Leo Howard Lubow's camera in support of Show Your Soft Side's campaign to end animal abuse. The center fielder struck a pose with his rescue dog Missy for a photo which has been used on billboards to show impressionable adolescents that compassion, not cruelty, is the true measure of a man.

August 2

It's National Coloring Book Day! Celebrate the fact that dogs and cats color our world with joy with The Dog and Cat Rescue Coloring and Activity Book for young (and young at heart) animal lovers.

August 3

Today is National Watermelon Day! Celebrate everyone's favorite summertime treat with your canine companion by making a watermelon slush for your dog!

August 5

Give your barking buddy or purring pal an extra hug to celebrate National Friendship Day!

August 7

Actress Charlize Theron, who celebrates her birthday today, has won both an Academy Award and the admiration of animals lovers! A famous anti-fur figure, the movie star is also a mother figure to two adopted dogs who showed her support for shelter adoption by starring in a video promoting the pet adoption center The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace.

August 8

It may be the dog days of summer, but one day is set aside to let our estimated 600 million feline friends around the globe shine in the spotlight. Happy International Cat Day!

Happy birthday to actor Michael Urie! A proud pet parent of a rescue dog, the former Ugly Betty star has helped adoptable dogs land coveted roles in in the hearts and homes of forever families by taking part in several Broadway Barks! pet adoption events.

Happy birthday to Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, who has helped to drum up the public's interest in such topics as the abuse of rodeo animals and the plight of puppy mill dogs.

August 9

Today is National Book Lovers Day! From classic children's tales like 101 Dalmatians, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Incredible Journey and Old Yeller to contemporary classics like The Art of Racing in the Rain and Marley & Me, why not celebrate the day by revisiting the dog-eared pages of your favorite dog-themed novel?

It's National Women's Day, and today we salute some of the famous women who have used their star wattage to illuminate the topic of pet adoption including:

  • MuttNation Foundation co-founder Miranda Lambert
  • multi-Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris, who named Bonaparte's Retreat Dog Rescue in honor of her late dog
  • Emmy Award winner Katherine Heigl and her mother Nancy, who together formed The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation
  • pop culture icon Linda Blair, who founded The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation
  • Bernadette Peters and the late, great Mary Tyler Moore, who launched the annual Broadway Barks pet adoption event in 1998
  • entertainment legend Doris Day, who has helped to bring about the dawn of a new day for animals in need through The Doris Day Animal Foundation

Happy birthday to actor Sam Elliott! The star of such silver screen hits as The Big Lebowski, Tombstone and Roadhouse stepped into his real life role of a devoted pet parent when he posed alongside his rescue dog Dion for Last Chance for Animals' "Adopt, Don't Shop" campaign.

August 10

It's National Spoil Your Dog Day!…but wait, isn't that every day? Be sure to let your canine companion know that he or she is king or queen in your castle by pampering your pup with treats, enjoying a day of play at the dog park, throwing a "paw"ty for your pooch, or just by lavishing a lot of love on our BFF-- Best FurFriend.

Happy birthday to the Pied Piper of Prog Rock, Ian Anderson! The Jethro Tull frontman helped to lead the public to The Paw Project's mission of mercy. Turning up the volume on an anti-declawing bill, the rock star stated: "We humans have 10 fingernails. Pulling nails was "and still is" a popular form of torture. If a cat is four-pawed declawed that is 18 claws compared to 10 human nails--1.8 times the pain."

August 12

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday actress Maggie Lawson, happy birthday to you! The Psych star is the co-founder of The Tiger Frances Foundation, a non-profit which rescues animals in needs, and helps to teach compassion to next generation.

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August 13

Today is International Left-Hander's Day! Did you know that approximately 40 percent of all domestic cats are left-pawed, with more male than female feline lefties?

August 14

A pop culture icon who found a home in the hearts of classic TV fans through her role as pigtail-wearing, Kitty Karry All-carrying Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch, actress Susan Olsen has helped countless kitties find forever homes through her work with Precious Paws. Celebrating her birthday today, the star is a frequent foster who for years acted as a director of media and special projects for the non-profit organization, of which she is still an honorary member.

August 15

Happy birthday to celebrity stylist Brad Goreski! A proud pet parent to rescue dogs Penelope and Alice, by helping to raise awareness and funds for Paw Works the former Fashion Police star has shown that trends may come and go, but compassion never goes out of style.

Keeping your canine and cat companions safe, today is National Check the Chip Day. Best wishes to birthday boy Justin Pugh! The offensive guard for the Arizona Cardinals is among the animal-loving athletes who has taken part in Show Your Soft Side's campaign to guard our four-legged friends against abuse.

August 16

Today is Saint Roch's Day-- the patron saint of dogs!

August 17

For fans of felines the debates over which day truly is National Black Cat Appreciation Day continues. Some have declared November 17th as the date to celebrate our love for noir beauties, while others feel that August 17th is the day for cats with dark coats to be top dog. No matter which day you select to show your admiration for house panthers, every day is a good day for National Black Cat Appreciation Day!

August 18

Wishing Elayne Boosler a happy birthday today! The compassionate comic who tickles our funny bone also touches our heart through her dedication to helping animals in need. In 2011 she founded the non-profit organization Tails of Joy, which raises funds for small animal groups from coast to coast.

August 20

Happy birthday to Carole Radziwill! A supporter of North Shore Animal League America, the Real Housewives of New York City cast member once pounded the pavement to raise funds for the world's largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization.

Guess who's blowing out candles on a birthday cake today…Danny Shelton of the Cleveland Browns! Named Pet Parent of the Year in 2018, the football player (whose fur family consists of four rescue dogs) plays Santa Paws at Cleveland-area shelters during the Christmas holiday, helping to make the season bright with donations of food and supplies.

August 21

Today is National Senior Citizens Day. Did you know that many shelters have Seniors for Seniors programs, waiving adoption fees on older companion animals for those age 65 and older?

August 22

Helping to keep your feline family members fit, today is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.

August 23

Happy birthday to Rick Springfield! Fans of Fidos have been singing the star's praises ever since he let his Bull Terrier lap up the limelight on the cover of his breakthrough 1981 album Working Class Dog and his follow up LP, Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet. Doggedly devoted to helping animals in need, the 80s heartthrob with a heart of gold has helped to raise funds for the Wisconsin Humane Society and The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation.

August 25

Today is National Second Hand Wardrobe Day! Did you know that many animal rescue organizations who give homeless dogs and cats a second chance at life also give donated clothing and fashion accessories a new life at their fundraising thrift stores?

August 26

What would the dog days of summer be without National Dog Day? Established in 2004, the pet holiday is a time to give your pal with paws extra praise, thank give thanks to dogs in the work force who enrich people's lives as service dogs, K9 cops and working military dogs, and and promote the option of pet adoption.

August 27

Today is National Heroes Day. Along with paying tribute to brave men and women, it is also a time to applaud our stout-hearted pals with paws, including dogs who serve and protect our country as military working dogs, k9 police officers, service dogs and dogs like Harley, a Chihuahua who raised funds for the rescue and medical care for dogs saved from puppy mills after he endured a decade in a cramped cage.

August 28

Today is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day-- a time to honor all of our friends with fur, fins or feathers who have passed on, although they live on in our hearts.

August 29

The classic cat movie Rhubarb premiered on this day back in 1951. A comedic tale about a former feral feline who was so beloved by his human that he was bequeathed a pro baseball team upon his pet parent's passing, the family-friendly film starred Ray Milland, Gene Lockhart, and Orangey in the title role. The recipient of two Patsy Awards (accolade which were presented to animal stars by the American Humane Association), Orangey also appeared on the small screen in episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies, My Favorite Martian and Batman, as well as in other big screen hits such as The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Diary of Anne Frank and the film which brought him the most fame, Breakfast at Tiffany's.

August 30

Say so long to summer by taking a stroll on the sand with Spot on National Beach Day! Here's a few tips to help keep your car clean while on a beach trip with your tail-wagging chum.

Today is National Holistic Pet Day, a time set aside to care for our canine and cat companion's mental and spiritual well-being as well as their physical health.

August 31

Happy birthday to Gina Schock! The Go-Go's drummer helped both pets and people in need by banding together with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and K9s for Warriors for fundraising events. 

More Tail-Wagging Trivia

Does your dog or cat's birthday or Gotcha Day take place in August? If so, your fur baby's birthstone is a peridot.

Did you know that the iconic Algonquin Hotel in New York City celebrates the arrival of their resident rescue cat each summer (usually in late July or early August) with a purrty that helps companion animals in need?

The third Saturday in August is International Homeless Animals Day, a time for dog devotees and cat lovers everywhere to light the way toward a better tomorrow for our pals with paws by lighting a virtual online candle.

The annual Pets of the Homeless Give a Dog a Bone Week takes place each August. Donations for the pet food drive will be accepted at more than 470 member collection sites across the United States.

International Assistance Dog Week takes place in August.

Thinking about adding to your fur family? The nationwide pet adoption event Clear the Shelters takes place in August!

 

Photo Credit: Michael Urie/ Instagram; Linda Blair WorldHeart/ Instagrma; Maggie Lawson/ Instagram;Elayne Boosler/ Instagram; Rick Springfield/ Instaram; Muttville Senior Dog Rescue





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